What happened to crime while he was there? Missouri City Police Department’s website does not contain data on reported crimes earlier than 2015. However the Community Impact newspaper reported that Fitzgerald earned several awards, including the NAACP President’s Award for community policing work during his time in Missouri City.
Activists who have been trying to reform the Baltimore Police Department say the new commissioner, Joel Fitzgerald, has to meet and develop relationships with the community if he hopes to succeed in leading a force that has been through much turmoil.
In 2015, Fitzgerald released a report on the previous year, stating that violent crimes in Allentown had dropped to the lowest levels since 2001. The department reportedly went about $600,000 over budget in overtime expenditures, though the department still ended the year within its total budget.
In 2017, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the city’s murder count was on the rise, mirroring a national uptick in violent crimes. However, the rates still fell far below those reported in the 1990s, the article said.